Mountains, Volcanoes, Coasts and Caves | by Bruce W. Hayward. With aerial photography by Alastair Jamieson


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A guided tour through 500 million years of history – and a spectacular introduction to the natural wonders of Aotearoa New Zealand.

From Whakaari / White Island and Huka Falls to the Moeraki Boulders and Milford Sound, Aotearoa New Zealand overflows with extraordinary landforms and other natural features.This is not a random quirk of nature, but a result of the unique and complex geological history of this part of planet Earth.

In this beautiful book, geologist Bruce W. Hayward guides readers through 100 natural wonders of Aotearoa – introducing the geology and history with words, explanatory diagrams and remarkable aerial photography by Alastair Jamieson and Lloyd Homer. Through these 100 special places – and many more that almost made the cut – we begin to understand the shape of Aotearoa and the 500-million-year history of our small, mostly submerged continent of Zealandia.

For every car and coffee table, Mountains, Volcanoes, Coasts and Caves is the essential guide to the deep story of this country – how it was formed and how it has changed over millennia.


Bruce W. Hayward is a retired geologist and marine ecologist based in Auckland. He is a former member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority, former president of the Geological Society of NZ and Honorary Life Member of the NZ Marine Sciences Society and the Geoscience Society of NZ. He is the founder and convenor of the NZ Geopreservation Inventory which documents and seeks greater protection for NZ’s geoheritage features like those highlighted in this book (https://naturemaps.nz/maps/#/viewer/openlayers/484). His wide interests in natural and human history have resulted in twenty-two previous books on topics as diverse as archaeology, the kauri timber and gum industries, New Zealand fossils, volcanoes, building stones and geoconservation, and the popular Out of the Ocean, into the Fire on the geology of northern New Zealand. He is author of AUP titles Volcanoes of Auckland: A Field Guide (2019) and Volcanoes of Auckland: The Essential Guide (2011).


Alastair Jamieson is an Auckland-based ecologist and photographer who has documented New Zealand’s changing natural environment with aerial photography for three decades. He provided the aerial photography for AUP’s two Auckland volcano guides. You can see more of his images at www.wildearthmedia.com.

Lloyd Homer is a renowned New Zealand landscape photographer who specialised in aerial photography before the emergence of digital cameras. He worked as photographer for the NZ Geological Survey and its successor GNS for 40 years. He has been the photographer co-author of eight publications and is also the subject of the book Flying High: The Photography of Lloyd Homer by Simon Nathan (2019). His vast library of images are accessible at www.gns.cri.nz/Home/Products/Visual-Media-Library.

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